Sjohnna McCray calls the Poetry Crisis Line

KIM (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
SJOHNNA MCCRAY: Rage is the language of men.
KIM: Let me see if I can find you a translator.
LUTHER (anger translator): Luther here. What the @#!? is your problem?

In celebration of both Father’s Day and Juneteenth this Sunday. Click here to read “Portrait of My Father as a Young Black Man” by Sjohnna McCray

Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question: Elizabeth Barrett Browning on how many poets it takes to change a light bulb

 

Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How many poets? Let me count them, please.
One brings a ladder to attain the height
So they can reach the socket for the light.
Another climbs the ladder’s rungs with ease,
Forgetting something vital. When he sees,
He asks another, “Kind sir, if you might
Hand me the light bulb over on your right?”
So: Poets changing light bulbs work in threes.

ROBERT: Your poem ought to have more lines than these.

ELIZABETH: This is no sonnet; I’m not Portuguese.

Poets answer another age-old question (How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?) 10. Gwendolyn Brooks

Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

Gwendolyn Brooks

We real bright. We
Changed light. With

Great speed. Now
Let’s read.

Poets answer another age-old question: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? 9. Pablo Neruda

Poets answer another age-old question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

9. Pablo Neruda

What does the poet change the light into?

Poets Answer Another Age-Old Question: How Many Poets Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb? 8. William Carlos Williams

Poets answer another age-old question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

8. William Carlos Williams

I have changed
the bulbs
that were in
the streetlamp

and which
were previously
lighting
the sidewalks.

Forgive me.
I like it
so dark
and so calm.

Poets answer another age-old question: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? 7. Langston Hughes

Poets answer another age-old question:

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

Langston Hughes

Landlord, landlord,
this light bulb needs replacement.
The wiring isn’t safe, and the
fuse box is in the basement.

Poets answer another age-old question: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? 6. William Shakespeare

Poets answer another age-old question

How many poets does it take to change a light bulb?

6. william Shakespeare

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun.
Could you please change this light bulb for me, hon?